White label promos are valuable because there are so few compared to regular labels. Likewise with the monos which one would assume are even rarer which were for the AM stations which only broadcast in mono. FM stations which broadcasted in stereo and more likely 'album oriented' should have gotten more copies but in stereo meaning of promos mono should be rarer even if it is inferior.vinyl1 wrote:The reason is probably that by this era, the stereo mix was what the artist intended to be heard. These monos are just folddowns of the stereo mix, the same effect that you could get by flipping the mono switch on your preamp.
So these are curiosities for those who collect records as artifacts, but of little interest to music lovers. It seems like it is the music lovers who are throwing around big money nowadays.
If you think that the "folddowns" monos are bad listen to some of the reissue CDs that try to make a stereo mix out of a mono recording, I got one with "The Monster Mash" that is totally Ka-Ka (that's a technical term).
Ernie, you do great work, I think seeing timing strips would be great but the size restrictions (width) seems to make that impossible. Even ones that aren't mint, ie. the DJ's actually used them to indicate for the next DJ what to play or not. I find interesting just like the white label you posted with crossed out song titles. Many of the LPs I bought over the years I found my favorite songs were ones I didn't like on first listening but later liked better than the "hit".